Concussion Management

World-class care for concussions and other head injuries

Concussion Management at Beverly Hospital

A concussion is a serious head injury. At Beverly Hospital, we’ve introduced a Concussion Management Program that features an expert team specializing in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of concussions.

Beverly Hospital Concussion Management Program

Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) is the most widely used and scientifically validated computerized concussion evaluation system. All Concussion Management Program physicians are ImPACT trained.

ImPACT is specially focused on young athletes. The system provides doctors with assessment tools and services that can help them safely determine when the athlete is ready to return to sports safely.

What to Expect

The Beverly Hospital concussion program has five distinct parts:

  • Baseline impact testing (to assess brain function and balance and to serve as a baseline if a concussion occurs)
  • Community education
  • Medical management
  • Physical therapy
  • Return-to-play protocol
Symptoms of a Concussion

A concussion is a brain injury that results in a temporary disruption of normal brain function. It occurs when the brain is violently rocked back and forth or twisted inside the skull due to a blow to the head or body.

Concussion symptoms include:

  • Dizziness or balance problems
  • Fatigue
  • Feeling dazed, foggy or stunned
  • Headache
  • Irritability or emotional changes
  • Memory problems
  • Nausea
  • Slurred speech
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Vision problems

It is important to know that concussions don’t just happen to athletes. They can happen during a car accident, trauma or fall. No two concussions are alike. It’s important to seek the appropriate medical care following a concussion.

When in doubt, get checked out. If you suspect you have a concussion, please see your primary care physician, or contact our Concussion Management Program at 978-816-2525.

Treating Concussion with Physical Therapy

If our team confirms you have a concussion, physical therapy can play a significant role in treating your symptoms, which may include:

  • Difficulties related to cognition (thinking), balance, vision, or sensory integration
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches

Your physical therapist (PT) will work with you and your doctor to treat your symptoms and manage triggers. Your PT can help you decide when it’s safe to return to sports, work and other activities. They will also teach you exercises to address your individual symptoms.

For more information on how physical therapy can help treat a concussion, please contact the Center for Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine.

Concussion Management: Helping Student Athletes

At Beverly Hospital and Addison Gilbert Hospital, we were seeing far too many head injuries in young people – so we took action to protect student athletes by creating our comprehensive Concussion Management Program. Learn how concussions affect the brain, why repeated concussions are dangerous, how we treat them, and how they can be prevented.

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Services We Offer

The Beverly Hospital Concussion Management Program offers a full range of services for managing concussions, including:
  • Baseline impact testing
  • Medical management
  • Physical therapy
  • Return-to-play protocol

Services & Specialties

Your neurologist may work with other specialists at Beverly Hospital to support your needs.